After several weeks of touring the state, U.S. Senator Tina Smith introduced a bill to improve access to child care.

Smith said many parts of Greater Minnesota, in particular, are struggling with a shortage of affordable childcare and, “I’ve spoken to a mom who drives 50 miles every day to get her child to a good daycare facility so she can work.”

The ripple effects of the daycare shortages go even deeper and Smith added that she has, “Talked to businesses in some parts of the state who have said that they recruit somebody to come and work at their company and then at the last minute it falls through because that mom or dad can’t find a good childcare option for their child.”

Smith explained that many of these parents are having to pay one-third of their income toward the cost of childcare for just one kid.